THE professional services of a civil and structural specialist have been enlisted to advise on a significant upgrade to accommodation at one of Scotland’s most picturesque and dramatically situated lighthouses.

Independent consultant Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA), based in East Kilbride, is helping with enhancements and an extension to one of three homes at the Cloch Lighthouse, south of Gourock on the Firth of Clyde.

Working with Benjamin Tindall Architects, DBA is providing structural and drainage design input, as well as supporting the applications for building warrants and planning permission.

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The Cloch Lighthouse, on a promontory on the east coast of the Firth as the river widens, is B listed and noted as one of the most iconic lighthouses to have assisted ships as they navigated the Clyde through more than two centuries.

It is one of the oldest coastal navigation edifices in Scotland, having been built in 1797 specifically to warn ships off the Gantocks, a dangerous reef on the far shore of the Firth at Dunoon. During the Second World War, the light welcomed countless convoy ships and naval vessels home from battle zones all round the world.

DBA’s project is being undertaken for the lighthouse owner, former commercial director of Swire Pacific Offshore, Duncan Telfer.